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Heavy Rains Destroy Major Bridges Linking Gulu, Omoro :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Heavy Rains Destroy Major Bridges Linking Gulu, Omoro

Walter Tootika, the Omel Sub-County LC V councillor, says that the bridge section has remained flooded disrupting movements along Pageya-Kidere-Atoo Hill-Omel road consequently blocking residents from accessing social services.
29 Sep 2021 12:21
Road users stranded as Layee bridge washed away by running water

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Transport is paralyzed in Gulu and Omoro Districts for the last five days following the destruction of two bridges linking four sub-counties.

Layee and Larwodo bridges that link Omel and Paicho Sub Counties in Gulu District were destroyed after the two rivers bust their banks running down the culverts thus blocking motorists and other road users.  The collapse of the bridges came almost two months following their rehabilitation in July. 

The affected bridges connect communities in the newly created Orapwoya and Lakwaya Sub Counties and Acet Town Council in Omoro District. Walter Tootika, the Omel Sub-County LC V councillor, says that the bridge section has remained flooded disrupting movements along Pageya-Kidere-Atoo Hill-Omel road consequently blocking residents from accessing social services.

Acholi Byte:

//Cue in..."Lwak wa peromo…. 

 

Cue out… dong okato olajoo.”//

English Byte:

//Cue in..."We have Layee….   

Cue out… who entrusted us.”//

Sam Otto, a motorist who couldn’t cross Layee following the flooded banks told URN that Larwodo and Layiebit Bridges have become inevitable threats to road users and the surrounding communities, especially during rainy seasons.

Vincent Ouma, the Omel Sub-County Chairperson observed that major rehabilitation work is needed on the two bridges and urged the district Works and Technical department to devise ways of responding to the crisis.

Francis Mayi, the Gulu District Secretary for Works and Technical Services explained that they did a feasibility study on the affected bridges and initially did minor rehabilitation works. He said currently the district is mobilizing resources to aid response to the emergency. 

He added that while the two bridges need urgent rehabilitation, it has not been catered for in the current Financial Year 2021/2022 budget. Gulu District proposed a budget of Shillings 31 billion for the Financial Year 2021-22, with Shillings 1.2 billion allocated to roads and technical services.